12 Tenses Quiz Questions And Answers

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Here is an interesting quiz that is designed to test your knowledge of past, present, and future tenses in English grammar. Tenses are used in the English language to describe actions over time. They are broadly divided into the past, present, and future tense and into other subdivisions. The Tenses quiz below is specifically designed to help you identify which tenses are used in each sentence. Give it a go and get some practice on sentence construction and word usage. Ready to take the quiz? Let's start then. Good luck!


Tenses Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    Next February I will visit Japan.

    • A.

      Simple Future

    • B.

      Future Continuous

    • C.

      Future Perfect

    • D.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Future
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Simple Future because the sentence states a future action that will happen next February. The Simple Future tense is used to express actions that will occur in the future.

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  • 2. 

    Class starts at seven o'clock.

    • A.

      Simple Present

    • B.

      Present Continuous

    • C.

      Present Perfect

    • D.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • E.

      Future Perfect

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Present
    Explanation
    The sentence "Class starts at seven o'clock" indicates a regular or habitual action that occurs in the present. The simple present tense is used to express general truths, habits, or routines. In this case, it is stating a fact that the class always begins at seven o'clock.

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  • 3. 

    While Jin-su was laughing, milk came out of his nose.

    • A.

      Simple Past

    • B.

      Past Continuous

    • C.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Past Perfect

    Correct Answer
    B. Past Continuous
    Explanation
    The past continuous tense is used to describe an ongoing action that was happening in the past. In this sentence, the action of Jin-su laughing was happening at a specific point in the past. The use of "while" indicates that the action of laughing was in progress when the milk came out of his nose. Therefore, the past continuous tense is the correct choice to convey this ongoing action in the past.

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  • 4. 

    Even if you don't want to, you will be studying English until you finish college.

    • A.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Future Perfect

    • C.

      Simple Future

    • D.

      Future Continuous

    Correct Answer
    D. Future Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Future Continuous. This tense is used to talk about actions that will be in progress at a specific time in the future. In this sentence, the action of studying English will continue until the person finishes college, indicating an ongoing action in the future.

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  • 5. 

    Class starts at seven o'clock.

    • A.

      Simple Present

    • B.

      Present Continuous

    • C.

      Present Perfect

    • D.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • E.

      Future Perfect

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Present
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Simple Present because the sentence describes a habitual action or a general truth. The use of "starts" indicates a regular occurrence, suggesting that the class starts at seven o'clock on a regular basis.

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  • 6. 

    Upon my arrival home yesterday, I sat on the sofa, watched TV and fell asleep within 20 minutes.

    • A.

      Past Continuous

    • B.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • C.

      Past Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Past

    Correct Answer
    D. Simple Past
    Explanation
    The sentence describes a series of completed actions in the past. The speaker arrived home, sat on the sofa, watched TV, and fell asleep, all within a specific time frame of 20 minutes. The Simple Past tense is used to indicate completed actions in the past, making it the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    Even if you don't want to, you will be studying English until you finish college.

    • A.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Future Perfect

    • C.

      Simple Future

    • D.

      Future Continuous

    Correct Answer
    D. Future Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Future Continuous" because the sentence describes an ongoing action that will happen in the future. The use of "will be studying" indicates that the action of studying English will be in progress at a specific point in the future, which aligns with the continuous tense.

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  • 8. 

    Even when other kids pick on him, Jin-su is always smiling.

    • A.

      Present Continuous

    • B.

      Present Perfect

    • C.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Simple Present

    Correct Answer
    A. Present Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Present Continuous" because the phrase "is always smiling" describes an ongoing action that is happening at the present moment. Jin-su is always smiling, indicating that the action of smiling is currently in progress. The present continuous tense is used to describe actions happening now or are continuing to happen..

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  • 9. 

    Upon my arrival home yesterday, I sat on the sofa, watched TV and fell asleep within 20 minutes.

    • A.

      Past Continuous

    • B.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • C.

      Past Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Past

    Correct Answer
    D. Simple Past
    Explanation
    The given sentence describes a series of actions that happened in the past. The speaker arrived home, sat on the sofa, watched TV, and fell asleep. These actions are all completed and happened in a sequence. The simple past tense is used to describe actions that started and ended in the past without any ongoing duration. Therefore, the simple past tense is the correct answer in this case.

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  • 10. 

    These days, the rain forests are being destroyed, which is a major contributor to global warming.

    • A.

      Present Continuous

    • B.

      Simple Present

    • C.

      Present Perfect

    • D.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    Correct Answer
    A. Present Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Present Continuous" because the sentence is referring to an ongoing action of rainforest destruction in the present time. The present continuous tense is used to describe actions that are happening at the moment of speaking or around the current time. In this case, the destruction of rainforests is an ongoing process that is contributing to global warming.

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  • 11. 

    Even when other kids pick on him, Jin-su is always smiling. Identify the tense of "is always smiling" in this sentence. 

    • A.

      Present Continuous

    • B.

      Present Perfect

    • C.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Simple Present

    Correct Answer
    A. Present Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Present Continuous" because the sentence describes an ongoing action in the present. Jin-su is always smiling, indicating that the action of smiling is happening at the time of speaking. The present continuous tense is used to talk about actions that are happening now or around the present moment.

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  • 12. 

    I was getting bitten by mosquitoes all night, so I decided to just get up.

    • A.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Past Continuous

    • C.

      Past Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Past

    Correct Answer
    B. Past Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Past Continuous because the sentence describes an ongoing action in the past. The speaker was getting bitten by mosquitoes all night, indicating a continuous action that was happening at a specific time in the past.

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  • 13. 

    I will become a teacher. 

    • A.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Simple Future

    • C.

      Future Continuous

    • D.

      Future Perfect

    Correct Answer
    B. Simple Future
    Explanation
    The sentence "I will become a teacher" is in the Simple Future tense, which is used to express a straightforward action or state that will happen in the future. In this case, the speaker is making a declaration about their future career aspiration of becoming a teacher.

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  • 14. 

    Dong-Bang Stinky will be coming to come to my house next week.

    • A.

      Future Continuous

    • B.

      Future Perfect

    • C.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Simple Future

    Correct Answer
    A. Future Continuous
    Explanation
    The phrase "will be coming" indicates the Future Continuous tense. This tense is used to describe an action that will be ongoing at a specific time in the future. In this case, it implies that Dong-Bang Stinky's arrival at your house is anticipated to be in progress at a particular point next week.

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  • 15. 

    She ate the chocolate.

    • A.

      Simple Past

    • B.

      Simple Present

    • C.

      Past Continuous

    • D.

      Past Perfect

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Past
    Explanation
    The sentence "She ate the chocolate" is in the Simple Past tense. It describes a completed action in the past. "Ate" is the past tense form of the verb "eat." This tense is used to express actions that happened at a specific time in the past and are now finished.

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  • 16. 

    Dong-Bang Stinky will be coming to my house next week.

    • A.

      Future Continuous

    • B.

      Future Perfect

    • C.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Simple Future

    Correct Answer
    A. Future Continuous
    Explanation
    The sentence "Dong-Bang Stinky will be coming to my house next week." uses the Future Continuous tense. This tense is used to describe actions that will be ongoing at a specific time in the future. In this case, the sentence indicates that at some point next week, the action of Dong-Bang Stinky coming to your house will be in progress. This fits perfectly with the structure and use of the Future Continuous tense.

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  • 17. 

    By January 2010, Jin-su will have studied English for five years.

    • A.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Future Continuous

    • C.

      Future Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Future

    Correct Answer
    C. Future Perfect
    Explanation
    The sentence states that by January 2010, Jin-su will have studied English for five years. This indicates an action that will be completed in the future. The future perfect tense is used to describe an action that will be completed before a specific time in the future. Therefore, the correct answer is Future Perfect.

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  • 18. 

    At least twice a day, my patience is tested by middle school students.

    • A.

      Present Perfect

    • B.

      Simple Present

    • C.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Present Continuous

    Correct Answer
    B. Simple Present
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Simple Present" because the sentence describes a habitual action that occurs at least twice a day. The use of "is tested" indicates an ongoing action, which is characteristic of the simple present tense.

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  • 19. 

    The students will have graduated college by 2020.

    • A.

      Future Continuous

    • B.

      Past Perfect

    • C.

      Future Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Future

    • E.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    Correct Answer
    C. Future Perfect
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Future Perfect because the sentence is talking about an action that will be completed in the future (graduating college) before a specific time (2020). The Future Perfect tense is used to express an action that will be finished before a certain point in the future. In this case, the action of graduating college will be completed by 2020.

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  • 20. 

    The mosquitoes had been sucking blood from my forehead for nearly two hours before I finally woke up.

    • A.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Past Perfect

    • C.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Simple Past

    • E.

      Past Continuous

    Correct Answer
    C. Past Perfect Continuous
    Explanation
    The use of "had been sucking" indicates that the action of mosquitoes sucking blood from the forehead had started in the past and was ongoing until the speaker finally woke up. The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that started in the past, continued for a period of time, and was still happening at a specific point in the past. In this case, the action of the mosquitoes sucking blood had been happening for nearly two hours before the speaker woke up.

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  • 21. 

    The fantastic music of Dong Bong Stinky had been playing on the radio for years before finally someone destroyed the radio station.

    • A.

      Past Perfect

    • B.

      Simple Past

    • C.

      Past Continuous

    • D.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    Correct Answer
    D. Past Perfect Continuous
    Explanation
    The use of "had been playing" indicates an ongoing action in the past. This suggests that the fantastic music of Dong Bong Stinky was playing on the radio for a continuous period of time before the radio station was destroyed. The Past Perfect Continuous tense is used to describe an action that started in the past, continued for a period of time, and was still ongoing at a specific point in the past.

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  • 22. 

    Because of the cold weather, Jin-su has been feeling tired.

    • A.

      Present Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Present Perfect

    • C.

      Simple Present

    • D.

      Present Continuous

    Correct Answer
    A. Present Perfect Continuous
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Present Perfect Continuous because it indicates an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. The sentence states that Jin-su has been feeling tired lately, suggesting that this feeling of tiredness started in the past and continues to the present moment.

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  • 23. 

    I have heard the music of M.C. Mong and I like it.

    • A.

      Present Perfect

    • B.

      Past Perfect

    • C.

      Simple Past

    • D.

      Present Continuous

    • E.

      Past Continuous

    Correct Answer
    A. Present Perfect
    Explanation
    The sentence states that the speaker has heard the music of M.C. Mong and likes it. The use of "have heard" indicates that the action of hearing the music occurred at an unspecified time in the past, but is still relevant to the present. The present perfect tense is used to express an action that started in the past and continues to the present or has just been completed. Therefore, the use of present perfect tense in this sentence accurately conveys the idea that the speaker's experience of hearing the music is ongoing or recent.

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  • 24. 

    Jin-su had had that same purple t-shirt with white stripes for six years.

    • A.

      Past Perfect Continuous

    • B.

      Past Continuous

    • C.

      Past Perfect

    • D.

      Simple Past

    Correct Answer
    C. Past Perfect
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Past Perfect because it is used to describe an action that happened before another past action or time. In this sentence, Jin-su had the purple t-shirt for six years, indicating that the ownership of the t-shirt started in the past and continued until the present moment being referred to.

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  • 25. 

    By the end of this class, you will have taken a difficult verb tense quiz.

    • A.

      Simple Future

    • B.

      Future Continuous

    • C.

      Future Perfect Continuous

    • D.

      Future Perfect

    Correct Answer
    D. Future Perfect
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Future Perfect" because the sentence suggests that the verb tense quiz will be completed by the end of the class. The Future Perfect tense is used to describe an action that will be completed in the future before another action or time. In this case, the completion of the quiz (action) will happen before the end of the class (time).

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Juliette Firla |MA (Teaching Writing) |
K-12 English Expert
Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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